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Árbæjarlaug - swimming-pool is my favourite swimming pool in Reykjavík with a fantastic view of Elliðaárdalur and the city. All the swimming pools in Reykjavík have geothermal water and are frequented a LOT by us Icelanders. Mostly we just sit in the hot-tubs though ;) A lot of people frequent them before going to work in the morning, sit in the hot-tubs and exchange news and ideas. In the Great-Reykjavík-area there are ca 10 geothermal swimming pools, one is 5 minutes' away from my condo, but I still always frequent Árbæjarlaug. It is in the suburb of Árbær, a 15 minutes' drive from the city-center. It has got the best Jacuzzi in the city, an indoor and outdoor pool, a childrens' pool with 2 small waterfalls and Jacuzzi seats, 3 hot-tubs with different temperatures and a steam-bath.
Note that before entering the pool you have to shower, and don't worry nobody gives you a second glance, we are so used to this, as we have all frequented the swimming pools since we were toddlers. The people working at the swimming pools are very strict on the showering thing. Even so that once when I went to a swimming pool in Höfn in Hornafjörður I was only going to sit for a while in the hot-tub and didn't wash my hair. I was thrown into the showers again ;)
The opening hours are:
Admission fee: ISK 550 for adults.
The opening hours were just changed (April 2011) due to the crisis here in Iceland. It used to be open longer. There are now different opening hours for different swimming pools, making it difficult to follow. F.ex. Laugardalslaug is open until 22:00 every day.
I added a very cool website about swimming pools in Reykjavík.
And here is a a 360° view of the pool
Here is an "interesting" article about washing yourself in the swimming pool a tourist´s view of washing in the nude before going into the swimming pool
Address: Fylkisvegur, 110 Reykjavík
Directions: Take bus nr. 19 from Hlemmur which takes you straight to Árbæjarlaug.
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